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    Dismiss a Tennessee Traffic Ticket

    If eligible, you may have a traffic ticket dismissed by completing a court-approved defensive driving class.

    Successfully completing a defensive driving course generally means:

    • The traffic ticket fine will be waived.
    • No points will be assigned to your driving record.

    You must notify the Tennessee court of your enrollment decision. Depending on the court, notification may be entered on the citation or via a separate application. There is no guarantee the court will honor your request. The presiding judge will weigh the nature of the violation, your driving record, and personal circumstances when determining your eligibility.

    Even if you are not eligible to dismiss a traffic ticket with a defensive driving course, the knowledge you'll gain after completing a course voluntarily may greatly reduce your chances of committing traffic violations and causing car accidents in the future.

    For more information about your enrollment options, curriculum details, and completion requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in Tennessee page.

    NOTE: This option is not available to commercial drivers.

    Complete a Defensive Driving Course in Tennessee

    The defensive driving program you choose must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS). You can typically choose between a traditional classroom program or an online defensive driving course. The total amount of time to complete each type of defensive driving course is usually the same, but taking an online defensive driving course allows you to complete the lessons and take the final exam at your own pace.

    Depending on your TN county, defensive driving classes generally run from 4 to 8 hours. Your course will normally cover topics, such as:

    • Defensive driving techniques and skills.
    • Developing safe and responsible driving attitudes and behaviors.
    • Tennessee traffic laws and violation penalties.
    • Alcohol/drug-related traffic offenses.
    • Sharing the road with other drivers.

    Most courses will require you to pass a final exam before you can receive your course completion certificate.

    Submit Requirements to the Court

    Some defensive driving programs may directly submit your course completion certificate to the court. Others will require you to deliver it yourself.

    Don't delay if you're responsible. Your traffic ticket will not be dismissed until the court receives the completion certificate.

    Keeping a copy of your course completion certificate for your records is strongly recommended.

    If you were required to complete a TN defensive driving course, you may have additional fees and clearance documents to submit along with your course completion certificate. Contact the Tennessee court handling your case for specific information about your requirements.

    Ordering Your Tennessee Driving Record

    Check your driving record after completing the TN defensive driving course. You should order your driving record to verify the traffic ticket was indeed dismissed. Contact the TN Department of Safety (DOS) if you recognize any errors.

    Your driving record will also tell you whether your Tennessee driver's license is valid or suspended. If your ticket was not properly dismissed, you may face a driver's license suspension.

    Instant Tennessee Driving Record

    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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    Get an Auto Insurance Discount in Tennessee

    Completing a defensive driving class may earn a rate discount on your car insurance. Check with your insurance provider for more information. If you find that your rates have increased too much after receiving a traffic ticket, you should consider shopping around for a new car insurance provider.

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